Bathurst Qualifying: Jake Dennis stuns to claim pole for Aston Martin but will start from third after penalty

Jake Dennis drove superbly but despite being the quickest in the Shootout, it will be a Mercedes front-row lockout.

Jake Dennis continued his stunning form this weekend as he saved his best performance for last to steal pole position for the Bathurst 12 Hour on Sunday.

The British driver came into the Top 10 Shootout after putting R-Motorsport on provisional pole but ended up taking the coveted Allan Simonsen trophy by four tenths of a second after posting a time of 2:02.4946.

However, despite posting the quickest lap, the No.62 Aston Martin will start from third on the grid after being given a two-place penalty.

As a result, the GruppeM Mercedes AMG GT3 which was driven by Raffaele Marciello during qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout will start from P1 after clocking a 2:02.9348.

Despite the penalty, Dennis was thrilled with his performance in what was his first experience of Bathurst, although he insisted he would “definitely be back”.

“Unbelieveable,” he said in the immediate aftermath. “It looked tough out there but I knew if we out a clean lap together we would have a chance. The car they gave me is superb.

“When the news came over the radio that the time was enough for pole my emotions came over me.

“We’ve had a really strong car all weekend and we know our race car is still strong. It’s a long 12 hours. It’s a bit different here whit these long races. We need to be there for the last two hours of the race.”

Supercars’ only representative in the Top 10 Shootout, Erebus’ David Reynolds, could only manage fifth and claimed he had been driving “like a gimp” when interviewed after the conclusion of the day’s actions.

Ahead of him will be Maro Engle in the Craft Bamboo/Black Falcon entry – who moves up to the front row for a Mercedes lock out – while the No.107 Bentley steered by Steven Kane joins Dennis’ Aston Martin on the second row.

Entries from Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi and Nissan round up the top 10.

Earlier in qualifying saw some big names struggle at Mount Panorama as last year’s Allan Simonsen Trophy winner Chaz Mostert and Triple Eight’s all-star line-up failed to even make the shootout.

Mostert, behind the wheel of the No.42 Team Schnitzer BMW will start from 15th on Sunday morning while Triple 8’s Vodafone Mercedes could only manage 19th with Jamie Whincup in the driving seat.

The Bathurst 12 Hour starts at 19.45 on Saturday with the pit exit open from 19.15. (CET)

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